Lake St. Louis man indicted for taking records from government office -

Lake St. Louis man indicted for taking records from government office

( -- A Lake St. Louis man who is a former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee was indicted Wednesday on a felony count of illegally removing records from a government office.

Jefferey Goebel, 57, was the Director of NGA’s Office of Commercial Partnerships. The United States Attorney said Goebel had access to spreadsheets that contained proprietary contractor and agency information. The spreadsheets established NGA's costs and compared them to the contracted agency's proposals.

Goebel retired from NGA in 2010. He then started working as the Vice-President of a private company that provides high resolution earth imagery to both public and private customers, including NGA.

In November 2010, Goebel provided a co-worker at the private company with an NGA spreadsheet. The company found out about the incident and fired Goebel. The company also let NGA know about the events and returned the spreadsheet.

If Goebel is convicted he could face up to three years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gives imagery, map-based intelligence and geospatial information to military forces, policy makers, and civil users. The NGA is also a part of the National Department of Defense.

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